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CBC chief’s note on contract changes still missing

By Angelos Anastasiou

FORMER presidential media adviser Makarios Droushiotis will be called to explain the whereabouts of a note Central Bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji claimed she had attached to her employment contract when she returned it for President Nicos Anastasiades’ signature, it emerged on Thursday.

In a letter of response addressed to the House Ethics committee, head of the President’s Office Panayiotis Antoniou said no such note was found in the archived documents received from Georghadji.

On Tuesday, Antoniou had told committee members that he had been abroad on a trip when the contract was being finalised and negotiated, and that in his absence the matter was being handled by Droushiotis.

At the same session, Georghadji told deputies that, following informal meetings with both the Attorney General and the Central Bank’s legal adviser, she had amended the contract template she had been sent by Antoniou so that it would match the provisions of legislation governing the Central Bank’s operation.

She removed a clause forbidding the governor’s first-degree relatives from being employed in any occupation related to the Central Bank, and replaced it with the wording of the relevant law on the governor’s obligations – i.e. forbidding the governor, but not the governor’s immediate family, from such practice.

Georghadji also added a provision to her contract – also in line with legislation – that allowed her the raises given to permanent staff, which translated to an annual €10,000 salary bump, which she waived.

She claimed that when she returned the contract to the Presidential Palace for Anastasiades’ signature, she attached a note listing the changes she made.

But the note was nowhere to be found, said Antoniou.

“I advise you that no note by the governor of the Central Bank was found in the Presidency’s Archives relating to her terms of employment,” his letter said.

“With regard to the names of individuals employed at the Presidential Palace who were, in my absence, in any way involved in the preparation of the contract, according to the information I was given, these include Mr Makarios Droushiotis, who resigned his post as at the end of last month.”

Droushiotis left the Presidential Palace and was hired at the office of European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides in Brussels, upon assumption of his duties on November 1.

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